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Spiritual Leadership in a Time of Turmoil—for those leading in Campus Ministry

Sat 01.28.23 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

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Badger Cru, Blackhawk CAM, and The Navigators—in partnership with Upper House—invite all the appointed leaders of campus ministries serving at the University of Wisconsin to take the next step in strengthening their spiritual leadership.

Our one-day leadership development conference will feature veteran leader and pastor emeritus Chris Dolson, who will focus on what it means to lead yourself and others well in a turbulent world. How do we model and share the deep love of Jesus with our friends and students on campus? How do we counter negative narratives about Christianity in our deeply divided culture?

Leaders—join us for a day of equipping, encouragement, and inspiration! Glean wisdom. Worship with the Heartland Church /Sun Prairie worship team. Enjoy good food and fortifying content, and go forth to lead more effectively.

The Madison Christian Giving Fund provides funding for this event.



$10 per person (includes conference and dinner)


2:30 PM — Doors open (Enjoy refreshments with fellow leaders.)

3:00 PM — Worship and Plenary #1 with Chris Dolson

4:15 PM — Break

4:30 PM — Breakout Session #1 (Choose your session led by local campus ministry staff.)

  • Leading Yourself and Others (Blackhawk CAM)
  • More Than Good Food: The Character and Craft of Hospitality (Upper House)
  • Spiritual Warfare (Navs)
  • Holding Doctrinal Beliefs and Disagreements (Cru)
  • How to disciple others well (Navs)

5:15 PM — Break

5:30 PM — Breakout Session #2 (Choose your session led by local campus ministry staff.)

  • What to say when you don’t know what to say (Blackhawk CAM)
  • Redeeming Your Time (Upper House)
  • Conflict Resolution (Navs)
  • How to share your faith with family and friends (Cru and Young Life College)
  • Who are you letting influence you? (Blackhawk CAM)

6:15 PM — Dinner

7:15 PM — Worship and Plenary #2 with Chris Dolson

9:00 PM — END


This event is a partnership of Badger Cru, Blackhawk CAM, The Navigators, and Upper House.


Chris Dolson

Chris Dolson began his ministry at Blackhawk church in July 1994. After retiring from the role of Senior Pastor in June 2021, he began his role as Pastor Emeritus in January 2022. Prior to Blackhawk, he pastored a church in Shreveport, LA for 10 years.

Originally from Indiana, Chris has a BS from Indiana State University, where he majored in Biology and competed as a gymnast. During college, he discovered God’s grace and went on to receive his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Seminary under Haddon Robinson.

Chris and his wife, Becky, have two grown children, Daniel and Melissa (married to Josh). In his spare time, Chris enjoys rooting for the Cubs and never gives up hope that this might be the year again.



Sat 01.28.23
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
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